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Place your napkin QUIETLY in your lap, *Avoid* fancy flourishes which can be so unecessarily distracting!! Haghaaaa!!!
Suzi H -
It's great to see '50s teens going about their day, and in colour! I don't actually think i've seen anything like it before, only actors. Pity it was so short though, I'd love to see more footage.
Subject: A Period Piece
Be yourself? Not with so many rules! Also, manners should be basically instilled when you are young-not by the time you reach high school. A great deal has changed since 1953, and a lot of the formality has been thrown out. The film is now fun to watch as a period piece.
Subject: As Others See Us
An immensely archaic look at etiquette, with the advice being divided between common sense and frankly bizzare guidance, with a thread of misogny running right through. The 'work of art' comment is a classic...
Christine Hennig -
Subject: As Others See Us
This 50s manners film for high-schoolers gives us lots of garishly-colored scenes of 50s high school life, such as jostling through the halls, eating lunch (check out the selections and prices on the menu board!), and, yes, the prom. If you went to high school during the 50s, this should trigger flashbacks and nightmares; for all others, it's a real hoot. Unfortunately, only about four minutes of the film have been preservedÃÂÃÂit leaves us hanging right after showing us how to eat a strange salad of a Cool-Whip-filled avocado wedge. Too badÃÂÃÂthis is ripe stuff.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: Must... Conform... To.. SOCIETY!
Oh man oh man... Where to begin?
It seems that the Children of the Stepford wives are going to high school now, all behaving in the same way, dressing the same way.. and conforming to society the same way.. Ultra scary directions are given to the naive teen about how to eat, how to date, and yes, how to order food in the school cafeteria (Where IS Mr. Bungles when you need him?)
Pay close attention to what to do when you break something, "Apologize, offer to pay for it, then immediately drop the subject". Like the issue of broken restaraunt glasses isn't of importance to the 1950's teen set. Whooo-wee!